On the south side of Pikes is an incredible collection of rocks called Cathedral Park. It's breathtaking. We couldn't stay and play, though, because we had to do our final big climb of the trip which would take us up to an exposed 11,400 feet and bad looking clouds were quickly approaching.
We beat the weather, barely, and began our rewarding descent.
James and I embarked on a 2 day ride to circumnavigate Pikes Peak on Saturday morning, August 17th. We started from our house and would use the current segments of the official Ring the Peak trail system, and link them up as seamlessly as possible in-between the official segments. The route would take us counterclockwise around the mountain. The purpose of the trip was to have fun together doing something we'd wanted to do for a long time, explore some new areas around Pike's, and to take our new bikes on a christening event.
The beautiful weather, meadows, and flowy single-track gave us both riders-high on day 2.
We successfully biked (and enjoyed) the entire RTP trail and celebrated over some good BBQ. Ahhh....real food!
Today's Goal: Leave from home, bike almost 4,000 vertical feet via some excellent trails, drop the bikes, hike another 3,500 feet of elevation to summit Mt. Rosa -- the peak Zebulon Pike mistakingly thought was the tallest peak in the area.
THEN...take a bearing and bushwack to find the cave that Pike and his men sought refuge in on their first exploration of the area.
Starting from home, we biked some of the best single track in Colorado Springs in our approach. The bike alone was incredible and would normally by itself be considered a good day in the mountains. But....that's not enough if we're chasing Zebulon....
Once to the planned bike drop, we began the trek. James was pooped at this point, so I got to get a good workout by towing my hubby. The trek was slow, but we made progress to the summit of Mt. Rosa. We had a narrow window to summit because we saw the weather rolling in. Luckily, we had just enough time to enjoy a snack and get some pics from the top.
Zebulon's Mt. Rosa Summit:
Mt. Rosa Summit with my hubby...
On the way down, we discovered a beautiful new trail and followed it, running downhill back to our bikes. From there, it was a beautiful fast descent back home via some wonderfully exhilarating single track. Despite not finding the cave, it was a REALLY fun day....
Last weekend, I got to workout with my team mate Julian and some cool new folks Katie, Jim & Sara in the Boulder area.
Today's run was either ice or mud....and the mud was sticky!! I felt like a Clydesdale, but maybe carrying those "weighted" shoes will help me build up some leg strength??? Oi! Thanks for running with me, Teri! Had fun mud-skiing down the slopes with you!
Chelsea loves to explore the mountains and trails and wants to share her discoveries with you.